A quick look at the Apple's iOS 14 and more

Apple's worldwide developer's conference or WWDC for short has unveiled some fantastic innovations and tech. Here is a summary of what you have missed.

A quick look at the Apple's iOS 14 and more

In this article, we summarize the highlights of WWDC2020 by Apple in a bite-sized manner. Apple has released a fantastic amount of changes across its platform. You could even call it a total operating system face-lift on almost every Apple products on the market you know and love.



iOS 14

iOS 14


iOS 14 Home Screen

Scheduled to release in the fall of 2020, the main change we see is with a feature Apple refers to as the 'App Library', which we assume not the default home screen, but a separate function. The main home screen does look a lot different, as you can see here, along with the usual icons we also see what appear to be widgets taking up the real estate of four icons. For those who like to limit the number of the home screen, this might not be the best option, but it does look great from a design point of view.


A new feature called 'App Clips' will allow businesses to showcase a video preview when you scan a QR code, so you will have a better idea of what the app does before downloading it. It looks sleek, and we are looking forward to seeing how it functions.


There are also some enhanced privacy features which will allow you more control with how your applications tap into your data and location. Messaging on your iPhone has also received some basic cosmetic updates. One thing unique is for environmentally responsible individuals; Apple Maps will now give you bicycle directions! How cool is that!

iPadOS 14

iPadOS 14


The home screen of your iPad is going to change similarly to your iPhone. But instead of the widgets and icons mixing, it seems to be placed left side of the screen and icons on the right side. Many online comments are pointing out similarities with the new updates to be similar to what Android has already done. We don't necessarily feel that way; it looks like the widget's design is better compared to their android counterpart, in our opinion, at least.


Another cool feature is an improved augmented reality, which is not useful to our daily life but will bring about minutes of fun at least. Other layout changes more prominent are the image library display which presents the pictures and albums in a visually pleasing manner. Just like the iOS update, iPadOS 14 also has enhancements to privacy and more control to what your app is allowed access to.

watchOS 7

watchOS 7


More niche than the other two, watchOS 7 is the operating system which will run the Apple watch this fall. Most of the enhancements on watchOS 7 have a lot to do with visual. From beautiful chronograph faces that measure your speed of travel to a baby app designed to track your newborn's naptime.


An exciting feature is a hand-wash detection feature which will assist you in counting down the required time to remove any virus and bacteria from your hand effectively. No more guessing if you have washed your hand with soap long enough. Another critical health feature is measuring the sound from your headphone. Loud noise can wear down our eardrums if we are not careful, what the Apple watch does is calculate the maximum allowance of the volume you are listening to, and at the end of that duration limit, there will be a warning sent to you. So even if you listen to your headphones at maximum volume, your watch will let you know when you have had enough and alert you to stop. Fantastic.

MacOS Big Sur

MacOS Big Sur


Named after an undeveloped coastline in the United States, Apple presents the macOS Big Sur, which they claim is the most drastic design update since Mac OS X. The new design, according to Apple, is designed to look cleaner. The first thing you will notice is the curvature around the edges of the windows. If you look closely, you will also see how the icons in the dock have all changed to look much more similar to the icons you will find on the iPhone and iPad. We like the consistency here, and we think that will pay off in a significant way in the future in terms of app branding.


One of the most significant changes you is with Safari, which has become not only faster but incredibly secure. Privacy has always been an essential feature for Apple; they believe regardless of who their client is, privacy is a right, not a privilege. The new Safari will protect your password, even from Apple. There is also a feature within Safari that allows you to see who is tracking you, by which we mean applications that send your online behaviour data can be blocked.


Other noteworthy changes are messaging and planning tools on Apple Maps. And other than a few changes to developer tools, we think we have it mostly covered. They did announce some updates to Apple TV, which we will not include here, we apologize for any inconvenience there. Truthfully, not much has changed with Apple TV, so we did not think it was worthy of a mention.



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